Moscow - Ulan Ude "platskart"
Somewhere between Moscow and Krasnojarsk. Several people came to our compartment to drink beer, which was funny, since none of them had seats there. In the picture a buryat man is defeated by beer, whereas a soldier returning to his home in Krasnojarsk for the first time in three years still goes strong. In fact, during the evening he drank 20 cans of beer, which is an impressive amount of fluids, not to mention alcohol. Anyway, the next day when we arrived in Krasnojarsk, he combed his hair, put on his suit and was seemingly unaffected by the previous evening.
In our compartment were the two of us and a tadzhik man (from Uzbekistan). None of us were that keen on drinking endless amounts of beer, but weren't really bothered by our visitors either. At some point our compartment hosted the unofficial minority convention of the train. At present were: 2 Finns, 2 tadzhiks (one from Tadzhikistan, one from Uzbekistan) and a buryat. Later on, we were joined by a tatar and a kirgiz man. It was interesting.
Actually, the 3rd class, or platskart, is much more interesting than the second class, since you meet much more people than in the 2nd class, where people tend to sit in their cabins. (And they are all tourists anyway.)